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Mark Atwood
Home network rebuilt
DSL modem with associated cables is bagged up and placed in the box of "computer stuff", and the DOCSIS cable modem happily working with the new home router, which for 50 bux, is occupying a twentyeth the space that the junky old 586 linux box (which was doing only iptables NAT and LPD print serving). The only function missing right now is printing, and that will come back as soon as I buy a cheap used HP print server appliance off eBay. I need to install the refurb kit in my printer anyway. (The HP 5L was/is notorious for having a prematurely worn out takeup roller, and there is a company that sells a much superior replacement one, with a video guide to doing the work.)

The VoIP box is running as well. Tomorrow I will fax in the paperwork to port my existing landline telephone number over to it. I expect Verizon to drag their feet the full six weeks. Also going in the fax machine tomorrow are the cancellation order from my ISP, for my DSL service, and for AT&T LD service. When it's all done, the only thing my POTS copper pair will be good for will be for dialing 911.
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From: pir Date: July 7th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the print server front when my old one died I picked up a cheap rebadged d-link 1 port print server on ebay which connects directly to the printer parallel port - looks like a large centronics plug - and then just has an ethernet port and a wall wart. Small, out of the way, configurable with telnet, worked perfectly and reliably. I used to stick with HP printservers but I don't think I'll bother anymore...

> telnet printserver
Connected to printserver.dom.ain
Escape character is '^]'.

*  Welcome to Print Server  *
*     Telnet Console        *

Server Name    :  printserver
Server Model   :  Pocket Size Print Server
F/W Version    :  2.00
MAC Address    :  00 03 1B 00 4A 84
Uptime         :  130 days, 08:20:10
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: July 7th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's almost my ideal form factor for this application, but I didn't realize that anyone made one. If I lose my current eBay bid, I will go hunting for this.

(What would make it completely ideal would be for it to speak lpng, and be powered via PoE.)
From: pir Date: July 7th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mine speaks lpr (I print to it with lpd_bounce in lprNG) but doesn't, as far as I know, do PoE.
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